Sunil Kumar's fight to fulfil father's dream

Sunil Kumar's fight to fulfil father's dream

The Telegraph

February 18 was a red-letter day for wrestler Sunil Kumar.

In New Delhi that day Sunil ended the country's 27-year long wait for a gold medal in Greco Roman wrestling (which differs from freestyle in that it only permits holds to be made from the waist up) at the Asian Championships.

The 21-year-old Haryana lad registered a 5-0 win over Kyrgyzstan's Azat Salidinov in the 87 kg final - an improvement on his own silver medal performance at the 2019 edition of the continental meet the year he turned a senior.

The last Indian Greco-Roman wrestler to win gold at the Asian Championships was Pappu Yadav, who bagged the 48kg title in 1993.

Sunil, who is getting battle ready for the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, next month, spoke to The Telegraph on his preparations - mental and physical - and more, from the national camp at the SAI Centre in Sonepat.

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